Dog names based on Food By Janice Jones | Last Updated April 11, 2019
You don't have to be a foodie to consider a name for your new puppy based on food. There is something primal about food. We all eat to live and many people go beyond the physical needs and attach emotions to the foods they eat.
Even the words we use to describe foods have an emotional connotation -- Full bodied, earthy, woody, or Exquisite, Heavenly, or Tantalizing
It might seem weird, unusual, odd, or just plain wrong, but there is a definite trend to naming our dogs after a food.
People want something beyond Fido, Bella, or Rover.
Many small dog owners want some unusual, that will stand out and create character for their dog.
Are you one of them? Here's our list. If you have more suggestions, please let us know and we will add them.
The names on this list have the following in common.
These names are short, one, two or three syllables at maximum and have a nice "ring" to them. Some are very common and may even appear on popular dog names lists.
If you speak English, all of these names are easy to pronounce.
They all work well with training commands. This is important because most dog owners want a well behaved polite dog and will train them to use simple commands such as sit and stay. If their name very similar to a training command or prompt, then teaching that skill becomes more difficult
Where does one get their inspiration for dog name based on food? The most obvious places would be your own kitchen pantry. Food supermarkets are also another get resource as is restaurants and even cookbooks.
Sometimes dog names based on food lists tend to resemble the index of a cookbook. That's boring, wouldn't you say? Let's take a look at names from a different perspective.
I've categorized these names into sections found in a typical American supermarket or grocery store. Let's go shopping.
As we arrive at our store, the first thing we see is the produce isle, well, actually is the florist, but dog names based on flowers and nature are the topic of another page. The isle is brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables, but here are the ones I found make the best dog names.
Nashi (Asian Pear)
The candy isle shares it's space with other packaged goods, but look at the long list of possible dog names based on food that the candy section has given us.
Some of these candy names would make a great choice for a brown or black colored dog.
Almond Joy or Joy for short
Cadbury (Chocolate Candy)
Fudge (A brown dog's dream name)
Mary Jane (Brand), either Mary or Jane would work
Peppermint Patty (Use both for your registered name and Patty for the dog's call name)
The quintessential black candy will always be Licorice but you may also want to consider Raisin as in Chocolate Coated Raisins or black Jelly Beans (Jelly Bean or Bean for short.). Black Cherry candies also appear black so choose the name Cherry.
The remainder of this list could be used with any color dog, with the exception of Marshmallow which might make an excellent name for a white dog. Other possible candy names for a white dog include White Gummy Bears or Gummy for short, vanilla salt water taffy or Taffy for short, or rock candy, Rock for short.
Moving on to the Meat and Seafood section, we spotted a few great foods that wouldn't mind you using their names. Think Shrimp for a tiny dog, Lobster for a red colored dog or Oyster for a white or gray dog.
Here's where the bulk of groceries can be found especially if you are not shopping fresh. It is a catch all grouping, but many of these foods make excellent dog names.
Graham cracker (Graham for short)
Macaroni or Mac for short
So, this is the snack section. Don't expect anything healthy here but many items make great dog names based on food.
Ruffles (type of potato chip)
As we head over to the bakery, the aroma of fresh baked bread fills our lungs. This is the comfort food area and so there are plenty of great dog names to be found.
The condiment isle of the local store is likely to house dry herbs, spices, condiments and an assortment of other foodstuffs. Some of these names may be a bit long for a dog but can be shorted for a clever nickname.
Chipotle (Maybe Chip for short?)
Dandelion (Dandi for short)
Pennyroyal (Penny for Short)
Poupon (type of Mustard)
There are far more types of nuts worldwide that what I have listed here. The ones chosen are short and easily roll off the tongue. There will be a section at the end of the page if you want to add more names to this page.
Coffees and Teas make very popular dog names such as Mocha, Jasmine, and Chai. You don't need to enjoy these beverages, but those that do often find they make the best dog names based on food.
Cocoa (Ok, so it isn't exactly coffee)
World wide, there are so many different types of cheeses and the selections in delis around the world vary widely. Here's a few we found in our local deli that would make great dog names based on food.
The deli in this virtual supermarket also carries ready made foods that require little or no prep or cooking. Let's head over and what what types of Chinese, Korean or Mexican foods they're serving today.
Just for the record, anyone reading this who has never been to the U.S. don't expect to see this type of list in any grocery store or supermarket.
Barley Soup Barley for Short
Caesar Salad Caesar for short served with Crouton(s)
Moo Goo (Gai Pan)
Dessert, anyone? This local deli is also serving a few desserts for those with a sweet tooth.
Some of the following would fall in more than one group so to reduce confusion, I've listed them here. For example, find fresh coconut in produce, flaked packaged coconut in packaged goods, coconut milk and coconut water in drink isles.
Sometimes people find their dog taking a liking to a particular fast food restaurant while out and about socializing their puppy.
There are many restaurant names that would make perfect puppy names. Other times, it's the owner who loves the restaurant and will bring back leftovers to their favorite pooch.
Arby (Arby's fast food restaurant chain)
BJ (BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Chain)
Baskin (as in Baskin Robbins Ice Cream)
Bonefish (Bonefish Seafood Restaurant Chain
Chili (Chili's Restaurant Chain)
Chang (P.F. Chang Chinese Restaurant Chain)
Cheesecake (Cheesecake Factory Restaurant Chain)
Chipotle (Mexican Grill)
Colonel (Kentucky Fried Chicken)
Longhorn (Longhorn Steakhouse)
Olive (Olive Garden Italian Restaurant Chain)
Panda (Panda Express Chinese Fast Food)
Papa (Papa John's Pizza)
Popeye (Popeye's Chicken Restaurant Chain)
Red Robin (Hamburger Restaurant Chain)
Ruby (Ruby Tuesday's Restaurant Chain)
Taco (Taco Bell fast food Mexican)
Wendy (Wendy's Hamburger fast food)
At some point in your life, you’ve no doubt met a dog named Coco, Hershey or Mocha.
They were probably brown dogs that fit the name entirely. But what about the dog name Chai?
Can you form a mental image of a dog with this name? Maybe not.
It is easy to see how people choose a food name based on the color of their dog’s hair.
Even the texture of the fur can suggest an appropriate name. Consider a white, fluffy dog.
What could be cuter than marshmallow, cream puff or Meringue? So why chose a food name for your dog?
The owner craves or
loves a particular food. Are you a
chocolate lover or perhaps your favorite type of cheese is Brie?
The dog finds the food irresistible. Does that new puppy love Cheerios, Crackers or Bacon?
Children name the puppy. Often, children are given the responsibility for naming the new dog. Expect a name such as licorice or skittle in this situation.
If the whole family has a voice in the decision, they may decide to go with the food or drink the entire family enjoys. One family I know chose the name Chai because that was the whole family’s favorite tea.
The owner’s emotions about a food spill out onto the dog. What types of food make you happy? What blissful childhood memories were associated with food?
Often bringing home a new puppy brings back all those joyful feelings. Perhaps you remember your grandma’s home made biscuits, cookies, or pastries and decide your new puppy should be named Biscuit.
If the dog comes home around a major holiday, the choice of names might be influenced by a food associated with it. Consider Jellybean for an Easter puppy, Pumpkin for a fall holiday, or Cinnamon for Valentine’s Day.
The dog’s appearance in some way reminds the owner of the type of food. Consider Snickers for a brown dog, Oreo for a black and white dog, Blueberry if the dog has blue coloration and Custard for a light colored dog.
A person’s mood or state
of mind influences the decision to choose a dog name based on food
After a long night of labor, my female Shih Tzu finally gave birth to six puppies, all brown and black. As usual, I wanted to give each a name so I could keep them straight in my mind.
It was now 5:30 in the morning and I hadn’t slept much since midnight. I was exhausted. Can you guess what names I gave to the puppies?
They were Mocha, Latte, Pepsi, Coffee, Coco, and Cappuccino.
Their appearance probably had something to do with it, but my state of mind had the greatest influence on the name choices.
No matter what choice you make, be sure the name is something that is easy to say and can be paired with commands when training begins.
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